" TDA’s Texas Farm Fresh Network launched in October 2015 as a way to directly connect organizations interested in purchasing more local food with the farmers, ranchers and food companies that produce and distribute it.
As farm fresh activities take off in Texas more schools, summer meal sites and child care centers are introducing local products and garden-based learning to the cafeteria and the classroom. TDA’s Texas Farm Fresh Network
launched in October 2015 as a way to directly connect organizations interested in purchasing more local food with the farmers, ranchers and food companies that produce and distribute it.
The Texas Farm Fresh Network members have an identified interest in selling the products directly to schools, child care centers and summer programs, and have the potential to be great partners to organizations interested in bridging the gap from farm to lunch tray or plate. Each company profile includes information about product availability and seasonality, as well as current distribution capabilities. TDA provides Texas companies an opportunity to create this free company profile as one way to connect young Texans to agriculture and local food.
Current Texas Farm Fresh Network member Johnson’s Backyard Garden (JBG) in Austin, identified an interest in selling to schools during recent months and achieved that goal in February. JBG connected with Austin ISD’s school nutrition department to identify a produce item that best fit into the school menu and the farm went to work planting an entire field of carrots specifically for the district. This project culminated with local, organic carrots served weekly at all 122 Austin ISD campuses and a Meet the Farmer Day at one elementary school. To read the full story about this partnership, visit JBG’s The Daily Dirt